Hassle free travel across LoC would pave the way for final settlement of K-issue: PaK PM

NISAR AHMED THOKAR

Islamabad, Nov 1: Stressing the need for an early resolution of Kashmir dispute, Prime Minister of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), Chaudhary Abdul Majeed Thursday expressed optimism that hassle free travel across the Line of Control would pave the way for final settlement of Kashmir issue.
 He said the settlement of the long pending dispute was must to ensure durable peace and stability in South Asia.
 The PaK premier made these assertions while interacting with a delegation of Kashmiri leaders who called on him here on Thursday. The delegation was led by the former APHC chairman Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat whereas Peoples Conference central leader Khaleel Ahmed Khaleel and others were also present on the occasion.
 While proposing opening up of more routes, he said that besides Kashmiri leadership, common people living across the divide should be facilitated to ensure easy and a hassle free cross-LoC travel.
 During the meeting that lasted for more than one and half hour both the leaders discussed in detail the prevailing political situation in the region with special reference to Indo-Pak dialogue process.
 “The people of Kashmir are not against bus service, bilateral trade and friendly relations between India and Pakistan,” Prime Minister Chaudhary said.
 He, however made it clear that these initiatives could not be a substitute to the right of self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
 Chaudhary told the visiting delegates that seeking a peaceful solution of Kashmir issue was the foremost priority of the incumbent regime.
 He said that efforts were on to allot free of cost houses to more than 15 thousand Kashmiri migrants who were currently settled in Muzaffarabad and Mirpore districts.
 He said that a special quota has also been allocated for the students of Jammu and Kashmir in the Medical Colleges, which were setup in the region recently.
 Apprising the PaK premier of the prevailing political situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat said that Kashmiris have rendered unprecedented sacrifice to achieve their cherished goal. “And these sacrifices would never go in vain”, a statement quoting Prof Bhat as saying.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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